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Harmon’s 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68

De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent.Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the Lloyd Noble Center. Included in…

Sasser, Grimes lead No. 8 Houston past Temple 68-51

Kelvin Sampson watched his Houston team win another rout and found "two or three areas" of needed improvement. Clean those up and another number comes into focus for the Cougars: a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament."If we get better in the areas we need to be good at," Houston’s coach said, "all…

Mahoney scores 20, leads No. 11 Creighton past No. 23 UConn

Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday.The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East), who struggled offensively while losing their previous two games, shot 58% in the second half and avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2019.Mahoney…

FA Cup holder Arsenal eliminated, Man City survives scare

Last season’s FA Cup winner Arsenal was eliminated from the competition in the fourth round on Saturday thanks to Gabriel’s own-goal in a 1-0 loss to Southampton, while Manchester City survived a scare to beat fourth-tier Cheltenham 3-1.In an otherwise close game, Gabriel's decision to try to block a shot from Kyle Walker-Peters proved decisive…

Drew Brees is gearing up for what might be his final run with the New Orleans Saints.

With the Saints kicking off their postseason Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Bears, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning that Brees is likely to retire after the season.

“I have yet to talk to one person who believes that Drew Brees will play in 2021,” Rapoport said. “He has not made clear his decision, he has not announced definitively that he is retiring after the playoffs, but certainly that seems to be the way this is headed.

“As you mentioned, he has an NBC contract waiting. (He) may have done it last year, (but) decided to come back this year and give one final ride, see if he can ride off into the sunset, end his season on a podium holding a trophy. And this is another reason, by the way, the team wanted to get an extended look at Taysom Hill when Drew Brees was out with about 35 rib fractures, just to see what they have next year at the quarterback position. That is still ongoing, and of course, we’ll see how Brees finishes it out.”

The soon-to-be 42-year-old completed his 20th NFL regular season and is a shoo-in Hall of Famer five years after he walks away. Among a plethora of records, Brees holds the mark for most career passing yards and most career pass completions in NFL history.

Brees reportedly nearly retired after last season but decided to give it one more go to chase a second Lombardi Trophy.

The chase for that second Super Bowl appearance commences today.

The Bears-Saints wild-card game kicks off Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET and can be viewed on CBS, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access.

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Harmon’s 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68

De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent.Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the Lloyd Noble Center. Included in…

Sasser, Grimes lead No. 8 Houston past Temple 68-51

Kelvin Sampson watched his Houston team win another rout and found "two or three areas" of needed improvement. Clean those up and another number comes into focus for the Cougars: a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament."If we get better in the areas we need to be good at," Houston’s coach said, "all…

Mahoney scores 20, leads No. 11 Creighton past No. 23 UConn

Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday.The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East), who struggled offensively while losing their previous two games, shot 58% in the second half and avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2019.Mahoney…

FA Cup holder Arsenal eliminated, Man City survives scare

Last season’s FA Cup winner Arsenal was eliminated from the competition in the fourth round on Saturday thanks to Gabriel’s own-goal in a 1-0 loss to Southampton, while Manchester City survived a scare to beat fourth-tier Cheltenham 3-1.In an otherwise close game, Gabriel's decision to try to block a shot from Kyle Walker-Peters proved decisive…

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